Introducing NOOK® for Windows 8

  Introducing NOOK® for Windows 8

 Free Reading App Offers Seamless Access to Vast Selection of Digital Books,
                Magazines, Newspapers and Comics on Windows 8

 First Digital Product from Barnes & Noble’s New NOOK Media Subsidiary, Free
                        App Now Available for Download

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- November 14, 2012

NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), a leading
retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced
the highly anticipated NOOK for Windows 8 app, available to Windows 8 PC and
tablet customers through the Windows Store. The free app combines NOOK’s
award-winning reading experience with shopping directly from the app, so
customers can discover, explore and read a massive selection of books,
magazines, newspapers and comics from any Windows 8 tablet or PC. With live
tiles, NOOK for Windows 8 customers can easily get right back to their last
read title, be alerted to the arrival of new issues of their magazines and
newspapers, or even pin a favorite book or magazine to the Windows 8 Start
screen. NOOK for Windows 8 includes NOOK’s signature new “paper” user
interface and all-new shopping experiences including innovative NOOK
Channels^™.

“This new NOOK for Windows 8 reading app is the first digital product launch
under the recently announced strategic partnership between Microsoft and
Barnes & Noble,” says Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products at NOOK
Media LLC. “Our intent was to create a great digital reading and content
buying experience for millions of users on Windows 8, and by working closely
with Microsoft on the app we’ve accomplished that.”

“NOOKdelivers a comprehensive digital reading experience in a Windows Store
app. Barnes & Noble took advantage of the new Windows user interface to
combine an immersive reading experience with the ability to easily browse,
search and purchase from their extensive content catalog. As consumers
continue to embrace digital reading, the NOOK app is a strong addition to the
Windows 8 experience,” says John Richards, senior director of Windows App
Marketing for Microsoft Corp.

A Growing and Diverse Digital Catalog: The fully integrated NOOK Store^™
offers NOOK for Windows 8 customers access to one of the world’s largest
digital content collections featuring:

  *More than 3 million books including bestsellers, new releases, classics
    and more
  *The largest digital collection of the top 100 bestselling magazines
    available for both digital subscriptions and single copy sale, plus a
    large selection of leading daily and weekly newspapers
  *A vast and growing collection of full-color comics, graphic novels and
    kids’ comics

Avid readers can sample NOOK Books^™ for free and download content virtually
instantly without ever leaving the NOOK for Windows 8 app.

Award-Winning Digital Reading Experience: Consistent with the excellent
digital reading experience found on NOOK tablets and Readers, NOOK for Windows
8 customers will enjoy a multitude of tools for both reading and finding their
next great read. Customers can easily personalize the reading experience by
choosing from a selection of crystal-clear and razor-sharp fonts available in
various styles and sizes, quickly navigate to different pages or chapters, add
bookmarks, and more.

Easy to Use Interface: Offering intuitive digital reading and content
discovery, NOOK for Windows 8 is NOOK’s first free Reading app to be designed
with a “paper” interface created to minimize distractions and encourage deep
content interaction and enjoyment. Reflecting a set of books and magazines
laid out on the coffee table at home, the core layout of each customer’s
“Daily Shelf” lets them easily find their latest read or a new issue of their
favorite magazine or newspaper. Customers can easily navigate through this
interface on a wide range of Windows 8 tablets using the fast and fluid
Windows 8 touch experience.

Seamless Shopping and Reading: Elevating the shopping experience to new
digital heights, NOOK for Windows 8 customers can browse over 3 million books,
magazines, and newspapers through NOOK’s expansive digital content catalog,
learn more about the book (including details and reviews) right from within
the app, and tap to purchase and begin reading in seconds. And because the
shopping experience is integrated into the app, there’s no need to launch an
external browser or visit a Web page to download or complete a purchase.

Unparalleled, Curated Recommendations: NOOK for Windows 8 also delivers a new
level of personal shopping to the browsing and reading experience through new
NOOK Channels^™, a pioneering recommendation system that combines the
knowledge of Barnes & Noble’s booksellers with advanced algorithmic technology
to create a curated discovery experience targeted specifically to each
individual’s interests and sensibilities. Generating a rich stream of content
that includes everything from the latest bestsellers as well as backlist gems
and offbeat treasures, customers can browse and shop Channels that will expand
their passions for the authors, characters and subjects they love, from
Paranormal Romance, War Stories, and Books to Talk About to Jane Austen &
Heirs, The New Classics, History by Plot and Books Every Kid Should Know.

Updates Streamed Instantly to the Start Screen: NOOK for Windows 8 features
live tile image integration that delivers real-time updates right on the
device’s Start screen, including the customer’s current read, specific
progress within a book or magazine, latest periodicals or pre-ordered titles
recently delivered to customers’ Library, and more.

Access Reading Content Anywhere: Like all free NOOK Reading apps, purchased
content is safely stored through NOOK^® Cloud, making it easy for customers to
access digital books, magazines and more wherever they go. Using NOOK Sync^™
technology, NOOK for Windows 8 automatically syncs a customer’s last page read
across all of their devices. Start reading a magazine on a Windows 8 PC or
tablet and seamlessly dive back in on a NOOK device or smartphone to keep
reading virtually anytime, anywhere – all without losing the page.

NOOK for Windows 8 is now available to download for free in the Windows Store
on all Windows 8 PCs and tablets. Customers can learn more about NOOK for
Windows 8 at www.nook.com/nookforwindows8.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading
retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company
operates 689 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s
largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary
is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The
NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK^® products and an expansive
collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK
Store^™ (www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates
667 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at
colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to
be named a J.D. Power and Associated 2012 Customer Service Champion and is
only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & Noble.com is ranked the
number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and
video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction
according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet
by visiting the company's corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

NOOK^®, NOOK Store^™, NOOK Book^™, NOOK Magazine^™, NOOK Newspaper^™, NOOK
Reading Apps^™, NOOK Channels^™, NOOK^® for Windows 8, NOOK Sync^™, and Read
What You Love. Anywhere You Like^™ are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Other trademarks referenced in this release are the property of their
respective owners.

Follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter (www.bn.com/twitter), Facebook
(www.facebook.com/barnesandnoble) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/bnstudio).

About NOOK Media LLC

NOOK reading and entertainment products make it easy to read what you love,
anywhere you like^™ with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading
experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to the expansive NOOK Store^™ of
more than 3 million digital books, plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and
TV shows, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular
devices through free NOOK Reading Apps^™ and NOOK Video apps, available at
www.nook.com/freenookapps. NOOK owners receive Always Free NOOK Support in any
of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble
stores and online at www.nook.com, as well as leading retailers including Best
Buy, Walmart, Target and many others. NOOK products will also soon be
available in the United Kingdom throughwww.nook.co.ukandleading retailers.

For more information on NOOK, follow us on www.twitter.com/nookBN or
www.twitter.com/nook_UK and www.facebook.com/nook.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements (within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section
21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) and information that
are based on the beliefs of the management of Microsoft or Barnes & Noble, as
applicable, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available
to such management. When used in this press release, the words "anticipate,"
"believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "will" and similar
expressions, as they relate to Barnes & Noble, NOOK Media Inc. or Microsoft or
the management of Barnes & Noble or Microsoft, identify forward-looking
statements.

Such statements reflect the current views of the relevant entities with
respect to future events, the outcome of which is subject to certain risks,
including, among others, the risk that any spin-off, split-off or other
disposition by Barnes & Noble of its interest in NOOK Media LLC is not
implemented, the risk that the transactions contemplated by this press release
do not achieve the expected benefits for the parties including the risk that
NOOK Media LLC’s applications are not commercially successful or that the
expected distribution of those applications is not achieved, the risk that the
separation of the digital and college businesses or any subsequent spin-off,
split-off or other disposition by Barnes & Noble of its interest in NOOK Media
LLC results in adverse impacts on Barnes & Noble or NOOK Media, Inc.
(including as a result of termination of agreements and other adverse
impacts), the potential impact on Barnes & Noble’s retail business of the
separation, the risk that the international expansion contemplated by the
relationship is not successful, the potential tax consequences for Barnes &
Noble and its shareholders of a subsequent spin-off, split-off or other
disposition by Barnes & Noble of its interest in NOOK Media LLC and the risk
that NOOK Media LLC is not able to perform its obligations under the
commercial agreement, including with respect to the development of
applications and international expansion, and the consequences thereof and
general risks related to the businesses that will become part of NOOK Media,
Inc., including those risks discussed in detail in Item 1A, "Risk Factors," in
Barnes & Noble's Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in Barnes & Noble's other
filings made hereafter from time to time with the SEC.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should
underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary
materially from those described as anticipated, believed, estimated, expected,
intended or planned. Subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements
attributable to Barnes & Noble or persons acting on its behalf are expressly
qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph.
The parties undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise after the date of this communication.

Contact:

Mary Ellen Keating
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com
 
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